Lanxin Xiang

Lanxin Xiang

Lanxin Xiang is professor of International History and Politics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Geneva, Switzerland. He is also director of the Centre of One Belt and One Road Security Studies at the China National Institute for SCO International Exchange and Judicial Cooperation in Shanghai, China.

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Opinion | China need not fear the challenge of a racist, crumbling West

Unless the West goes back to the racial tribalism of the last century, a unified Western strategy against China is not morally and practically sustainable. China should continue to control its hubris as there is no reason to panic, either from a democratic alliance or an ‘Asian Nato’ meant to strangle China.

Unless the West goes back to the racial tribalism of the last century, a unified Western strategy against China is not morally and practically sustainable. China should continue to control its hubris as there is no reason to panic, either from a democratic alliance or an ‘Asian Nato’ meant to strangle China.

16 Jan 2021 - 2:58AM
Opinion | China-US relations are in tatters. Can both sides cool their hostile strategies to avoid disaster?

Both Washington and Beijing lack a long-term strategic vision. US President Donald Trump is desperate to be re-elected, while China’s assertive ‘Wolf Warrior’ diplomacy and overconfidence could lead to miscalculation and disaster.

Both Washington and Beijing lack a long-term strategic vision. US President Donald Trump is desperate to be re-elected, while China’s assertive ‘Wolf Warrior’ diplomacy and overconfidence could lead to miscalculation and disaster.

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In China, the law and morality must work in tandem to contain party elite

Montesquieu's The Spirit of the Laws has for more than 200 years led many in the West into believing that the tension in the Chinese political system is created by the lack of "democratic legitimacy" and the suppression of individual freedoms.

Montesquieu's The Spirit of the Laws has for more than 200 years led many in the West into believing that the tension in the Chinese political system is created by the lack of "democratic legitimacy" and the suppression of individual freedoms.

4 Nov 2014 - 4:47AM
Sino-US relations: a game of defensive play

The Chinese saying, "playing music to an ox", describes the phenomenon of two people talking past each other. It's apt imagery for the recently held Sino-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

The Chinese saying, "playing music to an ox", describes the phenomenon of two people talking past each other. It's apt imagery for the recently held Sino-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

24 Jul 2014 - 3:56AM
China's national security blue paper a worrying throwback to the cold war

China has just published its first national security blue book. Although official media labelled it "the most authoritative" report on national security since the establishment of the super-secretive National Security Committee, it presents such a panicky psychology that one has to wonder who wrote it.

China has just published its first national security blue book. Although official media labelled it "the most authoritative" report on national security since the establishment of the super-secretive National Security Committee, it presents such a panicky psychology that one has to wonder who wrote it.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM
China sees in Europe a political and cultural partner

Not so long ago, China's policy elite were still debating whether the nation's relationship with the US would remain "the most important among all important bilateral ties".

Not so long ago, China's policy elite were still debating whether the nation's relationship with the US would remain "the most important among all important bilateral ties".

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM
New Eurasian entente forms over Ukraine, isolating US

It seems ironic that China, the former lead opponent of the Soviet Brezhnev Doctrine, should have supported the Russian position in Ukraine. The former Soviet Union utilised the doctrine to launch military action in other socialist "brother" countries, such as Czechoslovakia in 1968, and the West did nothing. 

It seems ironic that China, the former lead opponent of the Soviet Brezhnev Doctrine, should have supported the Russian position in Ukraine. The former Soviet Union utilised the doctrine to launch military action in other socialist "brother" countries, such as Czechoslovakia in 1968, and the West did nothing. 

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM
China and Japan must learn the right lessons from history

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's sensational statement at Davos claiming that the current relationship between Japan and China was akin to Anglo-German alienation in 1914, on the eve of the first world war, provoked an angry response from China. Foreign Minister Wang Yi said such a statement was "incomprehensible" and a "confusion of time and space".

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's sensational statement at Davos claiming that the current relationship between Japan and China was akin to Anglo-German alienation in 1914, on the eve of the first world war, provoked an angry response from China. Foreign Minister Wang Yi said such a statement was "incomprehensible" and a "confusion of time and space".

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China is waking up to the benefits of good diplomacy in Asia

Xi Jinping presided over a key conference recently on China's relations with neighbouring countries, or its "periphery policy" (zhoubian zhengce). The level of attendance, including all Politburo members working in Beijing, was the highest in recent memory.

Xi Jinping presided over a key conference recently on China's relations with neighbouring countries, or its "periphery policy" (zhoubian zhengce). The level of attendance, including all Politburo members working in Beijing, was the highest in recent memory.

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Thanks to Snowden, a chance to reset Sino-US relations

Edward Snowden seems to have opened a Pandora's box.

Edward Snowden seems to have opened a Pandora's box.

4 Jul 2013 - 3:44AM